Forthcoming Special Guest/Showcase Nights every third Thursday of each month in 2014

WELCOME TO THE EXCELLENT ENTERTAINMENT AND FUN OF THE RITZ ACOUSTIC CLUB. Check out the amazing line-up of acts we have for you in our fourteenth year of existence. Entrance charge for all showcase nights is just £4.00 for non members and Free for students and under 16 year olds who are accompanied. There are no tickets available prior to the event, just turn up on the night at 8.00pm prompt and you will get in on the door. (Entrance charge for our normal Open Mic Nights on every Thursday,except third Thursdays, is £2.00 for non-members) Confused? Don’t worry we all are, but we’ll certainly look forward seeing you soon at the Ritz.

Forthcoming Acts for the Showcase Nights (on our third Thursdays) in 2014

WOLFSCOTE on APRIL 17th
WOLFSCOTE
A Murder of Rooks with added member Cathy Lesurf. Pure dark folk played with style and humour.

THE CHERRIES on MAY 15th
THE CHERRIES

THE SCHMOOZENBERGS on JUNE 19th
The Schmoozenbergs
Hi-octane super-dancey gypsy jazz

THE APRIL MAZE on JULY 17th
The April Maze
Highly charged alt-folk from brilliant Brit/Aussie duo.

MISSISSIPPI MaCDONALD & THE COTTONMOUTH KINGS on AUGUST 21st
MISSISSIPPI MaCDONALD & THE COTTONMOUTH KINGSe
Blues-crazed since the age of 11, he’s travelled the Delta, learned from the greats. The real blues deal.

FROMAGE EN FEU on AUGUST 28th (a Folkfest event)
FROMAGE EN FEU
Wild world music from Paris to Patagonia, Romania to the Russian steppes. Crazy clothing, ludicrous accents, oompah mayhem!

TAYLOR TOPHAM on SEPTEMBER 18th
TAYLOR TOPHAM
Up-and-coming local singer-songwriter, destined for great things

RUSTY SHACKLEon OCTOBER 16th
RUSTY SHACKLE
Superb young Welsh/English 5-piece. Stunning hi-energy mix of folk, bluegrass and Celtic with amazing harmonies.

SUNJAY BRAYNEon NOVEMBER 20th
SUNJAY BRAYNE
BBC Young Folk nominee 2012, steeped in blues and folk. Only 19 but already compared to Ralph McTell and Jackson C Frank.

THE JACK RATTSon DECEMBER 18th
THE JACK RATTS
A folk-punk riot of fun. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY AND IS ONLY OPEN TO MEMBERS.

DOORS OPEN AT 8.00pm and there will be an Open Mic set between 8.30pm and 9.45pm before the guest band/act comes on at about 10.00pm.

BBC Introducing at the Ritz

It was great to welcome the BBC Introducing team to the Ritz on Thursday 3rd October, and what a great show they put out on the Radio on Saturday with material from our own Open Mic Night, plus Milverton and East Chinnock.BBC Introducing scouting for talent at the Ritz Acoustic Club

Click here to play a snippet of Steve Brown’s “Eleanor Rigby” from that evening

For edited highlights (35 minutes) of the BBC Introducing Show please go our MUSIC Page

Bob Gallie and Taylor Topham at the Open Mic Night 28th March 2013

Bob Gallie

Taylor Topham

Thanks to Adam Williamson for capturing this on his phone, to show you what you are missing out on our regular Thursday night Open Mic Sessions

Ritz Acoustic Club AGM - New Officers 2012 - 2013

Following the AGM held on Monday 8th October 2012, the following officers of the club have been duly elected:

Chairman: Rob Brown
Vice Chairman: Greg Aylmer
Secretary: Bryan Counsell
Treasurer: Susan Stent
PR and Acts: Dominic Wills
Fundraising: Trish Liles
Membership: Caroline Boyce
Webmaster: Graham Cook

Officers without portfolio:
Clive Bond
Bob Peel
Don Counsell
Harry Boyce
Doug Liles

New Somerset Folk Club started at the Panborough Inn.

It looks like the Isle of Wedmore area in Somerset has a new Folk Club. Basing itself in The Panborough Inn 3miles along the road from Wedmore to Wells. They run club nights every other friday, which started on 15th October 2010 in their skittle alley. All are very welcome, so try and get along to support this emerging club.
For further information contact Bernard Coulter (bcoulter@talktalk.net)

2011 celebrating the 12th Year of the Ritz Acoustic Club

RITZ ACOUSTIC Annual General Meeting held on Monday 26th October 2009

This year’s AGM took place on Monday 26th October 2009 at 7.30pm. Greg Aylmer was returned for the third year as Chairman, and Ted Heath took the place of Vice-Chairman.

Ten Years Young

The Ritz Acoustic Club is ten years old this month.

After an acoustic concert,open mic night in Highbridge on the First of May 1999, organised by CADS (Burnham and Highbridge Cultural Arts Society), at which local players such as Dave Neville, Pete Beech and Jim Topping gave their best, it was thought it would be a good idea to have an open mike night every week, where anyone could come along and play. So the ‘Home Brue Folk Club’ (as it was originally named) had their first night the following Friday night on 7th May 1999 and started in the skittle alley of the Crown pub in Burnham, at which 12 people attended. The events were organised by Dave Neville with help from other locals such as Pete Beech, Nigel Snook, Dave Chave and Jim Topping. As its popularity grew it soon became necessary to find a larger venue.

A few short months later the club moved to the Jubilee room in the Ritz Social Club and became a weekly event. At this time it might be worth mentioning that the club had £4.50 in the kitty, and most, if not all the equipment was either owned by Dave Neville, or begged and borrowed. The club later changed its name to ‘The Ritz Acoustic Club’ after moving to its current venue at the Ritz Social Club.

A celebratory evening was held on Thursday 21st May, with many old friends attending and performing.

Open Mic Nights

The Club will be open every Thursday night as usual with the normal three sets of Open Mic. Please get there early (before 8.30pm) to book your slot. THIRD THURSDAYS are Buffet/Showcase Nights as detailed below. If you want to play on a third thursday in the two available sets, then e-mail us or phone us to book a slot.

If you’ve never played on a stage before or used a PA System, come along early at about 7.45pm and ask to have a quick practice on stage before the audience comes in. We guarantee a warm reception for new players and those who are just starting out, this could be the start of a bright career or just something you’ve always wanted to do!

Ritz Acoustic Club AGM

The AGM took place at 7.00pm 2nd October 2008 at the Ritz Social Club, Victoria St. Burnham-on-Sea. There were no changes in the current committee, with all existing committee members being re-elected